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Book Review-Wolfishly Yours by Lydia Dare

Wolfishly Yours
Westfield Wolves (6)
Lydia Dare
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Paperback
Published November 2012
Acquired: Library
360 Pages
Regency Paranormal Romance
ISBN: 978-1-4022-6349-1
Authors Website 

Synopsis 
Regency England Has Gone To The Wolves!

It Takes A Beast…

Grayson Hadley is in his own special hell—being treated like a wayward pup by the tutor employed to turn him into a true gentleman. So when he meets a hot-blooded American beauty with the mark of a Lycan, he’s only too glad to slip his leash.

To Bring This Lady To Heel

Accustomed to running wild in the swamps of Louisiana, Miss Liviana Mayeux is shipped off to her grandfather’s in London to learn a thing or two about polite society. At first she scoffs at the English Lycans’ apparent tameness. Little does Livi realize how very close she is to unleashing the passion that lies just beneath the surface.

My Review 

Grayson Hadley, is just wanting to be free from his brothers and alpha’s orders, to be tutored so he can learn to not cause any sort of scandal. Gray will do anyhing to be free. Livi Mayeux, half were, has been ordered by her father to go to England and find a suitable husband with her grandfather’s help. In America she was free to run and spend time with her brothers, and play in the bayou. Now she feels imprisoned in her grandfather’s home, a gilded cage and she just wants to return home. Gray going with his mother, make a visit, where he meets a spirited american beauty, one who stirs his blood. She is frank, bold, and daring, and she calls to his wolf like none other. Gray has been doing everything he can to escape the ball and chain, but when a desire threatens to consume them, Gray will have to fight for what he wants, no matter the cost…

Wolfishly Yours is the most recent and latest release in the series….and can I just say STELLLAR!! I loved this book so much!!! I think I enjoyed it way more than the pervious book “The Wolf Who Loved Me”. This story has so much going for it. It starts out a little slower pace than I am used to with this author, but as the story progresses, it only gets more fascinating and even more amazing and keeps pulling the reader in with each chapter. As I kept chugging along, I felt like it only got better the more I read. There was so much I enjoyed about this latest installment, and I think Gray may be my favorite brother. Grayson, is a scoundrel with wolfish tendacies. He is a fighter, hates the rules, and despises being tamed like a dog with his tail tucked between his legs. Livi, feels betrayed by her family, and only aches for freedom. She knows that her life is changing way too swiftly. All she wants is to return back to New Orleans, that is until she meets Gray. A man whose taste for freedom rivals her own. A man whose kisses makes her feel like she can soar.

A riveting romantic tale, a story of magical fun, tender sensuality, witty characters to give you barrels of laughs, and a story that becomes more enchanting with each page!! DELIGHTFULLY WOLFISH!!

My Grade
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating
Steamy

Other Books In Series
A Certain Wolfish Charm
Tall Dark and Wolfish
The Wolf Next Door
The Taming Of The Wolf
The Wolf Who Loved Me

Short Book Review-The Wolf Who Loved Me by Lydia Dare

the Wolf Who Loved Me
Westfield Wolves (5)
Lydia Dare
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Paperback
Published April 2012
Acquired: Library
376 Pages
Regency Paranormal Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-1-4022-6346-0
Authors Website

Synopsis 
Regency England Has Gone to the Wolves!

Lady Madeline Hayburn Has Money Problems…

Specifically, she has so much of it that she’s dogged by fortune hunters, including her bewilderingly attractive, penniless neighbor, with his wild nature and uncouth manners.

Weston Hadley Has An Identity Crisis…

Specifically, he’s just turned into a wolf while Madeline was watching. Now it’s up to the regal lady to tame the wild beast…if she can

My Review

The Wolf Who Loved Me is the fifth book in this series by Lydia Dare, and oh boy did I just adore this one. I think it might be one of my favorites, although I think Dash’s book I liked a little bit more, but this installment had such character and personality to the story, that by the end of the book, you are left with satisfaction but wishing the story had never ended. The Wolf Who Loved Me is about Dash’s younger brother, Wes. Wes has loved Maddy from afar, but then one evening on the full moon when he changes into a wolf, Maddie finds him and he can’t let her go free. So he chases her into the woods, and forces her to go up to Gretna Green to marry him. Wes, is one of those heroes, that you want his happily ever after, because he just sticks to your heart like glue. I just loved Wes, he is the epitome of that hero that is commanding, possessive, but at the heart is sweet and daring. I love how bold he is, and not afraid of life, he goes at it with full throttle–which tends to get him into big trouble, but what a fun wild ride it is getting to know him. Maddie is his equal in every way. She is sheltered and a bit spoiled, but you see from the beginning that she is just as vulnerable and kind hearted as Wes. She is searching for love and not someone that just wants her for her fortune. These two were one kind of a pair. It was such fun seeing these two join forces and enter in a ride of adventure, tension and intrigue with a mix of witty humor to keep you laughing for weeks. TASTEFUL AND DELICIOUS!!!

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
A Certain Wolfish Charm
Tall Dark and Wolfish
The Wolf Next Door
The Taming Of The Wolf
Wolfishly Yours

Quickie Book Review-The Taming Of The Wolf

The Taming Of The Wolf
Westfield Wolves (4)
Lydia Dare
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Paperback
Published November 2010
372 Pages
Paranormal Historical Romance
ISBN:978-1-4022-4437-7
Authors Website

Synopsis
He could never lose control…

Dashiel Thorpe, Earl of Brimsworth, has spent his life fighting the wolf within him. But when the full moon rises, Dash is helpless. A chance encounter with Caitrin Macleod on a moonlit night inadvertently binds the two together irrevocably, and Dash’s impulsiveness plunges them both into a nightmare.

She never saw him coming…

Caitrin Macleod is no quiet country lass, but a witch with remarkable abilities. But when it comes to Dashiel, she’s as helpless to fight his true nature as he is. Her senses overwhelmed, she runs back to the safety and security of her native Scotland.

But Dashiel is determined to follow her—she’s the only woman who can free him from a fate worse than death. And Caitrin will ultimately have to decide whether she’s running from danger, or true love

My Review

 The Taming Of The Wolf is the fourth in the Westfield Wolves series, and would probably be ranked as one of my favorites so far of this author. Dashiel Thorpe, is a sexy hero, who has you wrapped around his finger from the first chapter. Dash is definitely everything you love about a hero, and I loved the conflict this couple is faced with. I found this story to be endearing and full of charm and sensual tension. Dashiel Thorpe, when he first meets Cait, bites her and without fully realizing it he claims her as his mate. When she flees, he follows her up to Scotland, and a dance of seduction begins. I loved Cait, she has spunk and is very creative in her ways of dealing with Dash, and it was such fun reading their story. It was fun, adventurous, witty and riveting. The story completely draws you in, the powerful connection that is evident between this couple is intoxicating. The characters are endearing. This story is packed with pure sexy fun with a  hint of sensuality, and a perfect blend of historical setting and paranormal romance that will capture your heart!!!  A GEM OF A READ!!

First Line 
Caitrin Macleod vowed never to step foot in England again–or at the very least, to keep her distance from Lycans in the future.

Favorite Quote 
” I dinna ask ye ta come.”
“But I came anyway because you’re my intended mate,” he growled. “I know it. You know it. Even your father knows it. So stop being difficult,”

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books in Series 
A Certain Wolfish Charm
Tall Dark and Wolfish
The Wolf Next Door
The Wolf Who Loved Me
Wolfishly Yours

Book Review-The Wolf Next Door

The Wolf Next Door
Westfield Wolves (3)
Lydia Dare
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Paperback
Published June 2010
395 Pages
Regency Paranormal Romance
ISBN: 978-1-4022-3696-9
Authors Website

Synopsis
In Lydia Dare’s debut trilogy, Regency England has gone to the wolves!

They can’t even be in the same room together…

Ever since their failed elopement years ago, Prisca Hawthorne has taunted, insulted, and in every way tried to push him away. If only her heart didn’t break every time Lord William Westfield left her…

But staying apart is even worse…

Lord William throws himself into drinking, gambling, and debauchery and pretends not to care about Prisca at all. But when he returns to find a rival werewolf vying for her hand, he’ll stop at nothing to claim the woman who should have been his all along.

Can Prisca forgive the unforgivable, or are the moon-crossed lovers going to be forced into a battle of wills that could be fatal?

My Review

 
Prisca Hawthorne has loved Lord William for years, but when he broke her heart years ago, she hasn’t ever forgotten. She knows that she needs to put him behind her, and move on with her life. Prisca is tired of living in a “limbo” stage. So when a new charming stranger starts to court her, she wonders if this is her time to start a new chapter in her life, until Lord William strides back into her life and makes it much more complicated. William has wanted Prisca for years, and he made a mistake years ago, and he still desires her for his mate; even though she frustrates him to no end. But when he hears of a new man trying to seduce her, he is outraged of another male pouncing on his territory.  Soon Prisca has two men trying to court her, and even though William makes her blood heat, she knows she could never trust him again. But will her strength of will be enough to resist him once again?

The Wolf Next Door is the third in the series, and I just have loved the books that I have read so far. In the previous books I have seen William and Prisca battle it out with each other and I have been looking forward to reading their story. The Wolf Next Door is a story set in the regency era, and it also involves Lycans and witches. I have enjoyed Lydia Dare’s take on the series, and the unique setting she has placed this series in. Even though Prisca has known William and his family for many years, she has no idea of his family secret. William is back home, and is determined to win Prisca back. He has always loved Prisca, but when a misunderstanding broke her trust in him, he left to try to forget her. But he has realized that he can’t live without her, so even though he has some mean competition he will take any action to keep her, and make her fall in love with him again.

The really enjoyed the characters involved in the story. We see the instant passion that William and Prisca have for each other, despite the bickering and fighting they tend to do on a regular basis. William is the hero of the story, and as the reader you can’t help but fall in love with him. From the first two books, I have always found Will intriguing, and the way he deals with Prisca is priceless. He definitely has many alpha traits, and beyond sexy. Prisca is very strong willed and feisty, and I enjoyed her bickering with Will. Even though she isn’t my favorite heroine, I did enjoy the characteristics of this heroine, and she doesn’t let William’s nature overcome her feelings to make her own decisions. I enjoyed how this story plays out, and the relationship between William and Prisca could be tense at times, yet sexy and fun at other times. Overall I couldn’t help but enjoy this delightful story of sensual tension and intriguing characters and a lively story line that will curl your toes. Not my favorite of the series, but a enjoyable and exciting story. A JEWEL OF A ROMANCE!!

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
A Certain Wolfish Charm
Tall Dark and Wolfish
The Taming Of The Wolf
The Wolf Who Loved Me
Wolfishly Yours

Book Review-In The Heat Of Bite

In The Heat Of The Bite
Regency Vampire Trilogy (3)
Lydia Dare
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Paperback
Published July 2011
375 Pages
Vampire Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-1-4022-4510-7
Authors Website

Synopsis
She makes him feel more alive than he has since he died…

Chivalry is far from undead…

Matthew Halkett, Earl of Blodswell, is one of the few men in the ton who can claim to be a knight in shining armor—because that’s precisely what he was before being turned into a vampyre. When he spies a damsel in distress in the midst of a storm in Hyde Park, his natural instinct is to rush to her aid…

But not every woman needs to be rescued…

Weather-controlling witch Rhiannon Sinclair isn’t caught in a storm— she’s the cause of it. She’s mortified to have been caught making trouble by the imposing earl, but she doesn’t need any man—never has, and is sure she never will…

But when Rhiannon encounters Matthew again, her powers go awry and his supernatural abilities run amok. Between the two of them, the ton is thrown into an uproar. There’s never been a more tempestuous scandal…

My Review


Rhiannon Sinclair has come from Scotland to see her sister in London. Her aunt stole her away and dragged her to London for a season, and so Rhi wanting to make sure her sister is alright, follows. When she comes to her aunt’s home, her aunt practically kicks her out, claiming that because of her abilities, it makes her less worthy. Furious Rhiannon goes out to the park in London, and releases her anger and builds a rainstorm and meets Matthew, the Earl of Blodswell, but more than that he is a 600 year old vampire. Matthew, was once a Knight of the realm, but was turned into a vampire, and has lived that way ever since. When he sees a damsel in distress, he goes in to save her, but discovers she doesn’t need much saving, which only leaves him even more spellbound. Rhiannon, is part of a five sister coven, and her powers involve controlling the weather. but when Matthew comes strolling into her life, her powers go haywire. Even though Matthew is a vampire, Rhi finds herself yearning for his touch and kiss. But soon a scandal will put Matthew and Rhiannon in a tempest of a storm.

In The Heat of the Bite is the second in the Vampire Trilogy which is connected slightly to the Westfield Wolves series. This series is about three vampire gentleman, who are good and kind and only want to love. In The Heat Of The Bite is the second in the trilogy, and it is Matthew and Rhiannon’s story. This couple was so much fun to read. The story was refreshing and there was quite a bit I enjoyed about it. I didn’t have a hard time getting into the story, from the start your heart goes out to Rhiannon. Because of her gifts, her family treats her less important, believing she will never get a good catch, or have a family. Being Scottish, the last thing she wants to do is come to London, and deal with Sassenach’s. However she doesn’t have a choice, because her sister is more important. When she arrives to London, her aunt is cruel to Rhi, and pushes her out the door without letting her see her sister. But Rhiannon is a guest and staying with her fellow coven sister Caitlin and her husband Dash (whose story I had yet to read, and really anxious to now after seeing their involvement with Matt and Rhi). In the next scene we see Rhi meet Matthew, and sparks fly, and of course Rhi doesn’t think she will see him again, but with Cait being the matchmaker, she won’t get away so easy.

The characters in this story were lively and fun. There was quite a bit of the Westfield family involved, and boy I wouldn’t mind trading some heated kisses with any of those brothers, sexy and hot. That is for sure. Lets get back to the sensual vampire though. Matthew, even though he is a vampire, is such a sweetie. He is gentle and kind, but when you need his alpha protective instincts, he is stellar. I love how patient he was with Rhiannon, and seemed amused by her abilities more than anything else. Rhiannon, is independent and fiery, and protective of her younger sister, but she seemed to be a bit vulnerable at times. She has some weaknesses and isn’t so perfect, and it felt easy to relate with her as a character. The side characters were fun, and made me excited to read Dash’s story. The more I read these books, the more I fall in love with this family and the setting. Having a paranormal theme in a historical setting, totally is my favorite set ups to read, and Dare does it with such a classic touch, you can’t help but be captivated.

Overall a fun and steamy romance, with a regency setting, suspense and intrigue added to the plot, and a compelling tale of love and creatures that go bump in the night!!! TOTALLY SATISFIED!!!

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
It Happened One Bite
Never Been Bit

Book Review-Tall,Dark, and Wolfish

Tall Dark and Wolfish
Westfield Wolves (2)
Lydia Dare
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Paperback
Published May 2010
387 Pages
Scottish Highlands Paranormal Romance
ISBN:978-1-4022-3695-2
Authors Website

Synopsis 
He’s lost the most important part of himself…

Lord Benjamin Westfield is a powerful werewolf—until one full moon when he doesn’t change. His life now shattered, he rushes off to Scotland in search of the healer who can restore his inner beast, only to find she’s not at all what he expected…

She would make him whole, if she could…

Young, beautiful witch Elspeth Campbell will do anything to help anyone who calls upon her healing arts. Then Lord Benjamin shows up, and she suddenly discovers she may need him even more than he needs her…

My Review
Benjamin Westfield is a werewolf and couldn’t ever imagine losing his wolf. Then one night under the full moon, he doesn’t change and is at a loss as to what to do. He feels as if he has lost a huge part of himself. When he starts to investigate and research he learns of a healer in the highlands of Scotland who might be able to bring his wolf back. So he heads up to Edinburgh. Elspeth Campbell is a witch and her focus is the healing arts. She is a vital part of a coven of five witches , as close as sisters. When one of her fellow witches has a vision of a dangerous wolf that will come and take her away. When Elspeth first takes notice of Benjamin, she is charmed and instantly drawn to him. She doesn’t see danger from Ben she sees a man who is respectful and tender toward her. When she learns of his ailment and that he is actually seeking her , she only desires to heal him so his wolf may be restored. When her coven sisters try to interfere in the intimate relationship that is forming between herself and Benjamin she knows where her heart lies.

Tall Dark and Wolfish is the second book in the Westfield series. Ever since I first started reading this author I fell in love with her writing from the very beginning. There is such a tender and strong connection between the characters from the very beginning. When Benjamin and Elspeth first meet, the instant attraction between them is obvious and they don’t shy away from it, they embrace it. You see how each of them need love and I enjoyed seeing Lydia Dare taking the unique setting and the way the plot unravels. There is a slight mystery, a bit of a conflict trying to get Benjamin’s wolf back, but I found this story to be a poignant and sweet read. I enjoyed seeing how Benjamin handles the other coven witches. They definitely put him through a series of tests and he comes out on top and handles their assaults with patience.
I found that I liked the relationship between Benjamin and Elspeth. Elspeth is a sweet heroine, she doesn’t hide her feeling from Benjamin. I found her to be one of my favorite heroines. She can be strong willed when she is fighting for what she wants. But I love the gentle like quality she has about her. Benjamin is a mix between dominant wolf and yet has a gentle side when it comes to Elspeth. Even though he is determined to find his wolf, Elspeth becomes his top priority. There is a couple of misunderstandings that occur between them, and you see how stubborn they both can be. However I found it quite amusing and I loved the outcome of them working it out in the end.
Overall I couldn’t help but admire the way the author puts this story together. It is always fun seeing how she blends in the historical setting with the paranormal of shifters and witches. A unique mixture of in depth characters, romantic setting, a rich plot and a charming love story.

First Line 
If Elspeth Campbell revealed how much she wanted to leave the cold, damp cave, her coven sisters would surely think she was mad. 

Favorite Quote 
I’ll never let ye be, Ben. I plan ta claim ye as my Lycan mate this night. And every day from this moment on. 

My Grade 
4.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In Series 
A Certain Wolfish Charm
The Wolf Next Door
The Taming of the Wolf
The Wolf Who Loved Me
Wolfishly Yours

Book Review-It Happened One Bite

It Happened One Bite
Regency Vampyre Trilogy (1)
Lydia Dare
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Paperback
Published March 2011
385 Pages
Paranormal Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-1-4022-4507-7
Authors Website

Synopsis
He’d bite her in a heartbeat, if she’d only set him free…

He’s lost, trapped, doomed for all eternity…

Rich, titled, and undead, gentleman vampyre James Maitland, Lord Kettering, fears himself doomed to a cold and lonely existence—trapped for decades in an abandoned castle. Then, beautiful Scottish witch Blaire Lindsay arrives, and things begin to heat up considerably.

Unless he can persuade her to set him free…

Feisty Blaire Lindsay laughs off the local gossip surrounding her mother’s ancestral home—stories of haunting cannot scare off this battle-born witch. But when she discovers the handsome prisoner in the bowels of the castle, Blaire has no idea that she has unleashed anything more than a man who sets her heart on fire.

My Review 
When Blaine’s brother is insistent on going to a estate that he has inherited, he brings her along, even though leaving Edinburgh is the last thing she wants to do. When they arrive, she and her brother are shocked when they discover its a abandoned castle. As they start to settle in, Blaine hears noises and a man’s voice, but she doesn’t know if its real and if its a ghost or not.  James Maitland, Lord Kettering, was tricked twenty years previous when trying to feed on a young woman, and was then trapped in the deserted castle he awakens in. He starts to remember that it was five witches who trapped him here. When he senses others in the castle, he realizes that this may be his chance to free himself. Even though it goes against Blaine’s instincts, she senses something good in James, and releases him from his prison, she has no idea who he is and why he has been trapped here. Even though she wants to remain aloof and distant from James, she starts to feel a deeper connection to him, and even though she knows he can be dangerous, she knows in her heart that he would never harm her or her family. When enemies of James come knocking on the door, she learns of his true identity and only when she accepts James into her heart will they be able to survive the danger and grab onto a chance of a future together?

It Happened One Bite is the first in the Vampire Trilogy by Lydia Dare. It is connected a bit to her Westfield Wolves series. I was really excited to read It Happened One Bite because I had recently read the first book in the Westfield series, so I had high hopes for this one. It started out a bit slower than I expected. As I continued with the story though, it picked up as the sparks started to fly between James and Blaine. Blaine is a witch and part of a five witch coven, and as such she protects her heart and is very practical, because she has had to be. When she meets James, a fire burns within her, and even though she wants to give into the desire she feels for him, she fights it. James, is burning with rage and desiring revenge, but his attraction to Blaine is undeniable and his anger turns into desire for a woman who seems to not want him, but he knows that she desires him as much as he desires her.

There is quite a bit going on in this story. In the beginning it seems to be just a romance between a vampire and a witch in the regency era in England. However we start to see there is more to it than a love story. There is a few twists and turns involving two enemy vampires, whose only desire is to kill everyone that James cares about. I liked the aspect of vampires in a historical setting, with a portion of witch lore. The setting was set up perfect to set the stage for the story. The characters were exciting to see together. James, is handsome and confident and powerful, yet very gentle at times, and I couldn’t help but fall in love with him from the start. I couldn’t help but be on his side for most of the story, seeing a character that even though is a vampire, has honest intentions and even though can be brooding, he isn’t dark or sinister type of vampire. He is a gentleman through and through, because he started out as a gentleman before he became a vampire. So I admired him quite a bit, and in the way he handles Blaine is just precious. Blaine is strong willed, and fiercely independent and with her powers as a witch is intent on standing by James side even though she is mortal. At times it could be quite humorous, but there was such a enticing quality to their relationship and the way they worked together.

It Happened One Bite was a sweet and charming paranormal story set in the beautiful setting of Scotland. A heated read full of sensuality and a fascinating plot with twists and turns that puts together a memorable story.

First Line 
Blaire Lindsay had the overwhelming desire to throw a fireball at her brothers thick head and engulf him in flames. 

Favorite Quote 
We know what we are, but not what we may be

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
In The Heat of the Bite
Never Been Bit